Picking the Right Senior Care Facility for Your Loved One’s Needs
Types of Senior Care Facilities
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Moving your elderly loved one into some sort of assisted living facility can be a BIG decision. There are so many choices out there that it is easy to become overwhelmed. Understanding the differences in the types of facilities and the level of care that your loved one needs is a great place to start. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular choices.
Assisted Living facilities can span the spectrum in terms of size and utilities. These accommodations can be as small as a single-family home with a few elderly residents to as large as multi-building complexes with over 500 residents. They can have complete on-site medical and nursing facilities, recreation center, pools, restaurants and many other amenities. Many of these facilities can offer part-time as well as full time live in care. These are a good option for long-term care.
Independent Living senior communities bring together the senior population – married and single seniors – who are capable of looking after themselves and each other. This is more of a sense of community and socialization than caregiving facility. There are organized activities and meals. This is a great first step into assisted living. These seniors maintain the largest level of independence with the added benefit of a community.
Nursing Homes combine many of the amenities that an assisted living community would with full-time nursing care and medical staff. Nursing homes can house most, if not all, patients for long-term care. These facilities do not only accommodate elderly patients, but any age patient no matter the medical condition. Nursing homes are often a good fit for seniors with serious medical conditions. However, not all nursing homes will accept patients with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, but many do specialize in memory care so looking for this would be necessary if your loved one struggles with either of these.
Home Healthcare is a choice for many families. They will opt to hire an in-home healthcare worker to either spend part or all of the day with their elderly loved on. This can be a great option for those who can afford it, but it is not an inexpensive option. If your loved one decides that aging in place Is the best option for them it can be a great alternative to a facility. In-home care can range in the levels of care which is nice as many aging senior’s health can change over time. Long-term in-home care can prove to be one of the most expensive options there are.
We at Assisted Living Locators understand that this can be a daunting process. We know that finding the right type of care for your aging loved one is a big decision and it is our job to help you make this and help the transition be a smooth one. The first step is understanding the different types of care available and what best meets your individual needs. We are here to help, and our services are free. Reach out today if you have questions about the best, next steps for your family.